The European Recycling Platform (ERP) said today it started take-back and recycling operations for waste from electrical and electronic equipment in Austria, Ireland, Portugal, and Spain on August 13, 2005. The five other countries in the scope of ERP (France, Germany, Italy, Poland, and the UK) will follow according to their national legislative requirements.
ERP was founded in 2002 by Braun/Gillette, Electrolux, HP, and Sony with a goal of implementing efficient recycling services using European synergies to minimize cost and benefit the consumer.
"Companies such as Elica, Logitech, Lucent, Omron, Saeco, Samsung, Toshiba, and Varta/Remington have joined the ERP and we are continuously in contact with many other producers interested in contracting with ERP," said Hans Korfmacher, president of ERP and director of environmental affairs at Braun/Gillette.
ERP is the first scheme to be permitted and to launch operations in multiple European countries that is compliant to the European Union’s Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment (WEEE) Directive.
The WEEE Directive is a legal framework obligating producers to contribute to or to organize the disposal, recycling, or recovery of goods that they market after August 13, 2005. Producers are also obliged to handle the recycling of a portion, based on their market share year by year, of the waste from products sold before August 13, 2005.
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